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The Background

Malaysia was first introduced to the term BIM or Building Information Modeling in 2009 during the 2-day Infrastructure & Construction Asia’s Building Information Modeling & Sustainable Architecture Conference. At the conference, Y. Bhg Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Judin bin Abdul Karim, then as the Director General of PWD, urged the industry to embrace technology in their deliverables.

The Malaysian government then announced its adoption of BIM in 2010 with the National Cancer Institute in Sepang being the first infrastructure construction project. Currently, the private sector is progressively taking lead in the positive adoption of BIM. The different BIM platforms available in the market includes Revit, Bentley Aecosim, ArchiCAD and Tekla.

 

CIDB’s Role

CIDB complements BIM implementation effort by providing sustainable environment in Malaysia’s construction industry scene for BIM to survive and thrive. CIDB has also taken proactive initiatives by organizing awareness programs and workshops to promote the adoption of BIM throughout the construction industry. Acknowledging the importance of having a smooth technology transition process, the National Steering Committee of Building Information Modeling was established in July 2013. The Committee, tasked at providing perspectives and ideas in the development of National BIM Roadmap and the National BIM Standard & Guide, consists of critical government agencies, professional bodies, private sectors and members of the academic sector.

The methodology has been in existence for almost 30 years with Malaysia only adopting BIM recently. To date, the Malaysia AEC industry is seen adopting BIM at different levels of maturity. Currently, CIDB has a record of over 20 projects utilizing the BIM concept. Given that, awareness and understanding of BIM by the industry players is CIDB’s main priority at the present time and day. The BIM initiatives in Malaysia are currently being led by the industry's BIM expert and Deputy Chairman 2 of BuildingSMART Malaysia Chapter, En. Mohd Harris Ismail. Efforts are put into place with the objective of gathering feedback and comments in order to chart the way forward towards a wider and wiser implementation of BIM.

These initiatives are critical in ensuring an effective way to manage the confusion and misconception of BIM (listed below) and its implementation in Malaysia. If you have any feedbacks, please direct all your comments to En. Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Ideas to improve BIM’s perception and implementation are most welcome.

 

Misconceptions

The government’s participation in BIM begins through the first government’s BIM project officially announced in 2010, which is the National Cancer Institute in Sepang. Unfortunately, this has been contradicted by a research paper entitled Building Information Modeling (BIM) Application in Malaysian Construction Industry which is published through International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. To avoid confusion to the industry, we would like to clarify that the project mentioned in the paper as the first project using BIM in Malaysia is inaccurate whereby the project owner has personally deny that the project is a BIM project during CIDB workshop in November 2011. The project only uses isolated virtual design for the roof structure alone, which do not meet the overall concept of BIM. On the other hand, most of the information in paper are questionable.

Meanwhile, we would also like to clarify that as at to date, the government of Malaysia has never selected any single BIM platform for the implementation. This might well be seen as being bias and create monopoly in the market. There are of course other products (besides Revit) that are able to perform BIM methodology such as Bentley, Aecosim, ArchiCAD, Tekla to name a few.

Other general misconceptions include;

  1. BIM is just a software application
  2. BIM is a process of designing and documenting building information
  3. BIM is a new approach to practice and an advancement of the profession that requires the implementation of new policies, contracts and relationships among project stakeholders.

 

International BIM Day 2014

In conjunction with the International Construction Week 2014 (ICW 2014), CIDB organized a one-day International BIM Conference on the 22nd September 2014 at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The event was officially launched by Y. Bhg Deputy Minister of Works Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin. At the conference, Dato Sri Ir. Dr. Judin Abdul Karim, CIDB Chief Executive emphasized that by optimizing on the benefits of BIM, industry player can contribute to the reduction of construction project cost.

 

Organised by the National BIM Secretariat which is consisted of En. Mohd. Harris Ismail, Sharifuddin Umar, Jasni Ismail, Rosli Ismail, Puan Aisah Omar an Tuan Yusri Tuan Soh , the conference hosted both local and international distinguished speakers from Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and was attended by 500 delegates.

The idea to expose to both the public and private sectors to the potential of benefits brought on by BIM and to provide a view to an opportunity to improve the processes and management of development projects through the implementation of BIM.

Participants were also exposed to the various approach of BIM implementation adopted in other countries during the conference. The conference was the highlight of the national BIM adoption and implementation promotion campaign for the year 2014.